Statistical predictions for the Philadelphia Eagles top three wide receivers

A.J. Brown #11, DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
A.J. Brown #11, DeVonta Smith #6, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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A.J. Brown #11, Philadelphia Eagles
A.J. Brown #11, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

player. 54. . . . A.J. Brown. 11

A.J. Brown will turn heads weekly during his first season with the Philadelphia Eagles.

It felt like Christmas came early, on April 28th to be exact. Philadelphia traded one of its first-round draft choices, the 18th overall, and their third-rounder to the Tennessee Titans for the rights to A.J. Brown. They immediately signed him to a four-year, $100 million contract with $57 million in guaranteed money.

That keeps him in the City of Brotherly Love through 2026, and that’s kept a smile on the face of every Birds fan since it was announced. He’ll be expected to step into the WR1 role. There’s no reason to believe he won’t excel if Jalen Hurts takes the next step.

A 2020 Pro Bowler, Brown took up residency on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team in 2019. This past season, he battled some nagging injuries, most notably a chest injury that landed him on Tennessee’s injured reserve after Week 11’s game on November 27th. He was activated on December 23rd ahead of Week 16’s game.

In total, he tallied 63 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns in 13 regular-season games while racking up a 13.8 yards-per-reception average in an offense where they work Derrick Henry to death and ask Ryan Tannehill to throw the ball three yards from the line of scrimmage.

As the first option in the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense, he’ll see plenty of opportunities. He’s hard to bring down and has soft hands. Expect a bounceback year from one of the game’s best who, by his standards, had an off-year in 2021.

Prediction: 90 receptions, 13.5 yards per catch, 1,215 receiving yards, eight TDs